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Poster: SDH2O Date: Nov 22, 2006 5:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Overlooked Second Nights: 10/28/79

On my drive into work this AM, I selected the second night of the Cape Cod '79 shows. Now, the first night is very well known for the massive second set combo of Dancin>Franklin's>He's Gone>Other One that still rips my head off every time I hear it, but the second night I now realize is a little gem in itself. The quality of the recording doesn't hold up to the night before, but the show makes up for any loss. The show opens with an almost 15:00 long Halfstep which flows nicely into a 20:00 long Franklin's (not only unusual for being in the 1st set, but also because it was also played the night before). 35 minutes on 2 tunes to open a show? Ridiculous. The rest of the first set is very, very solid. In the second set, Jerry quickly shows that he's in a pickin' mood and digs into a smokin' China>Rider, with the transition being amazing. Then, a song I can usually take or leave, Samson, is played with some real fire by Jerry. This show may not have the explosive moments of the previous night, but holds its own as a solid, solid show. But, again, that's just my opinion and I'm stickin' to it.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Nov 22, 2006 7:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Overlooked Second Nights: 10/28/79

I gotta agree with you, Hollow. I was at those shows and I have always maintained that the two nights at Cape Cod were the best two shows in a row that I ever saw in a "career" that saw over 200 shows. The Half Step is one of the best ever, and my favorite, and the Franklin's picks up where the 17 minute one from the night before left off (27 minutes of Franklin's in two straight sets). The Passenger is also one of the best ever and the Music Never Stopped, actually seems to never stop, the jam at the end is incredible, it is epic and, again, my personal favorite. Set 2 just rolls on in the same vein. In addition to your comments, I have to recommend the Playin as well, it is nicely crafted and veery long, the rest of the set is sweetly done as well.

This post was modified by Purple Gel on 2006-11-22 15:14:10

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Nov 22, 2006 7:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Overlooked Second Nights: 10/28/79

I SHOULD have been there, but we were still living in Iowa at the time (spent three years there in late 70's, not a bad place and the steak is phenomenal). What really sucks is that my grandparents used to live in Orleans, a town about 20 minutes down the freeway from the Coliseum. Would have been absolutely perfect: go to the show, wig, drive to Grannies (God, please no comments on coming in the rear driveway please, she's no longer with us and show some respect if possible), walk to the beach, start a bonfire, and wait until the sunrise. I did get the opportunity to wig on that beach and see a sunrise there, but throw in a couple of top-notch shows and I think I would trade anything to experience it.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Nov 22, 2006 7:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Overlooked Second Nights: 10/28/79

It was not a good time for hanging on the beach. We were hitchhiking from Vermont to see the tour and it was feezing cold and snowing the night between the shows. In contrast, the colliseum was very hot and humid and after the shows steam just poured out of the doors as we were leaving. After the 1st show we asked a couple of cops what was legal for camping around there and one of them said (in that wonderful Mass accent) "nothin's legal in Yaaahmith", we got a real kick out of that. We ended up pitching a tent at a local rest area off the highway. IMO that was one of the greatest tours that I was able to attend. We started in Springfield Mass, through New Haven, Yarmouth, Nassau, Spectrum, Cap Center, and ended up in Buffalo, 11 shows, for a 19yo on his first real extended tour, it was heaven!!

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Nov 22, 2006 8:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Overlooked Second Nights: 10/28/79

Snow? Cold? As long as you have the proper attire, there's not much I enjoyed more than wigging in the snow. Throw in the sound of crashing waves and a bonfire (my grandparents alwasy kept dry firewood at their place, so we'd have no problem gettin it going) and I think it'd be ok. Much prefer that to being inside; never was really big on wigging indoors except for shows, alway preferred being outside, even in inclement weather.

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